Small Car Sales In Canada – October 2015 YTD


2016 Hyundai Accent red

Canadian sales of subcompact cars continued to plunge in October 2015, diving 26% to only 5610 units, just 3.4% of the Canadian auto industry’s total volume. Subcompacts, perpetually led by the Hyundai Accent, accounted for 4.9% of the industry’s sales in October 2014.

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – October 2015 YTD
Canada Car Sales Rankings By Model – October 2015 YTD

The Accent’s 19% year-over-year decline equalled a loss of 349 sales for Hyundai’s dealers, but the percentage losses accrued by many of the Accent’s rivals were far worse. The Chevrolet Sonic slid 24%, Ford Fiesta sales fell 34%, the Honda Fit’s volume was more than chopped in half, and the Kia Rio tumbled 28%.

Mazda 2 sales also plunged, falling 97% to only 10 units. We’ve been waiting for Mazda to replace the departing 2, a car that arrived in 2010, but we learned this week that Mazda won’t be replacing the 2 after all. This is the end of Mazda’s subcompact battle. The already-revealed next-gen 2, on sale through much of the world, is dead on arrival.

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Canada small car sales chart October 2015
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The 2 does live on in two other forms. The CX-3 is a subcompact crossover based on the 2, and at the current pace, Mazda Canada would sell 9000 CX-3s per year. (The 2 only accomplished that feat once, before sales plunged in 2012.) Mazda makes far more money selling a CX-3 than a 2. But you can still have a next-gen 2, only it won’t wear a Mazda badge. The Toyota Yaris sedan is a four-door be-trunked version of the 2 you can’t have. In the United States it’s a Scion iA, and it’s already become Scion’s top-selling model

Scion has another new model, one that is being sold in Canada as a Scion: the iM. GoodCarBadCar is testing the iM this week and will publish a review next week. In the meantime, Scion grabbed 0.9% of the compact car market with the iM in Canada in October 2015. One-fifth of the compact cars sold in Canada in October were Honda Civics, thanks to a 6% year-over-year increase during a month in which Canadian compact car sales dipped 6%. 

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canadian auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank small cars of all kinds any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • October 2016 • November 2015 • September 2015October 2014

Compact
October
2015
October
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD

Change
185
192 -3.6% 2068 2412 -14.3%
549
713 -23.0% 5487 6347 -13.5%
2740
2843 -3.6% 27,139 29,021 -6.5%
183
549 -66.7% 2758 7067 -61.0%
1989
1698 17.1% 18,424 19,580 -5.9%
6272
5917 6.0% 55,881 57,853 -3.4%
4035
3907 3.3% 41,957 43,967 -4.6%
875
1173 -25.4% 10,325 10,399 -0.7%
2788
3170 -12.1% 30,414 36,186 -16.0%
523
771 -32.2% 5147 5816 -11.5%
1180
1372 -14.0% 13,032 12,968 0.5%
275
529
1080
840 28.6% 9962 8758 13.7%
3236
4067 -20.4% 42,208 43,102 -2.1%
625 -100% 295 6564 -95.5%
1630
1543 5.6% 17,329 9604 80.4%
2078
2235 -7.0% 24,651 27,451 -10.2%
Total
29,618
31,615 -6.3% 307,606 327,095 -6.0%

Subcompact
October
2015
October
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
430
566 -24.0% 5038 6911 -27.1%
450
683 -34.1% 4746 8054 -41.1%
613
1427 -57.0% 8108 9079 -10.7%
1470
1819 -19.2% 17,339 20,560 -15.7%
818
1134 -27.9% 8759 13,226 -33.8%
10
294 -96.6% 746 2130 -65.0%
628
607 3.5% 8111 11,901 -31.8%
270
256 5.5% 2826 2357 19.9%
921
804 14.6% 7120 7605 -6.4%
Total
5610
7590 -26.1% 62,793 81,823 -23.3%

City Car
October
2015
October
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
68
126 -46.0% 1437 1467 -2.0%
249
301 -17.3% 3015 3561 -15.3%
880
967 -9.0% 10,285 6063 69.6%
25
16 56.3% 235 296 -20.6%
69
217 -68.2% 621 1942 -68.0%
Total
1291
1627 -20.6% 15,593 13,325 17.0%

Warm Hatches
October
2015
October
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
147
337 -56.4% 2733 5116 -46.6%
170
336 -49.4% 2676 3139 -14.7%
610
650 -6.2% 4593 2753 66.8%
91
85 7.1% 1002 1057 -5.2%
213
116 83.6% 2170 1732 25.3%
Total
1231
1524 -19.2% 13,174 13,797 -4.5%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
October
2015
October
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
475
420 13.1% 4117 4765 -13.6%
904
851 6.2% 6749 7452 -9.4%
65
136 -52.2% 1858 2189 -15.1%
64
505
1746
7173
1239
781 58.6% 11,715 8708 34.5%
1020
5373
231
225 2.7% 1964 2346 -16.3%
200
152 31.6% 1200 1567 -23.4%
578
733 -21.1% 4976 5693 -12.6%
2 15 -86.7%
383
264 45.1% 3895 3232 20.5%
62
61 1.6% 883 581 52.0%
11 -100% 27 241 -88.8%
812
654 24.2% 7108 6020 18.1%
Total
7779
4288 81.4% 57,545 42,809 34.4%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown.
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better. This explains why you’ll see the Encore and XV Crosstrek are listed with small SUVs, too, and the Acura ILX shown with mainstream cars is also displayed with luxury cars… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.

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